Sidney NOLAN, Glenrowan Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Glenrowan 1946
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 25
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board enamel paint on hardboard

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse c., chalk "1946"
Dimensions: 90.9 h x 121.2 w cm framed (overall) 91.5 h x 122.1 w x 2.8 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.299

Such is life. Historical record

This is subtitled, as it were, ‘Such is life!’ Muster up your spirits and go out as well as you can. The police thought they were an army so I gave them, satirically, a regimental goat. The Aboriginal trackers are there with tribal markings. Irish police and non-Irish police, Aborigines from a remote culture and outlaws all meeting on this fateful stage, like the final act of an opera, all lined up. No wonder the sky went crimson. Mrs Reardon is still there, the baby with a different shawl. She changed it as she ran along; a good mother. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

This is subtitled, as it were, 'Such is life!' Muster up your spirits and go out as well as you can. The police thought they were an army so I gave them, satirically, a regimental goat. The Aboriginal trackers are there with tribal markings. Irish police and non-Irish police, Aborigines from a remote culture and outlaws all meeting on this fateful stage, like the final act of an opera, all lined up. No wonder the sky went crimson. Mrs Reardon is still there, the baby with a different shawl. She changed it as she ran along; a good mother.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra